August 24, 2011

Get Straight Hair Naturally

Filed under: life — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 3:34 pm

Always wanted natural hair without it looking well – natural? Here’s my hair recipe if you are tired of relaxing your hair.

1 – bottle of organic, all natural shampoo (I am currently using Shea Moisture a brand I picked up from Target)

1 – bottle of organic, all natural conditioner (optional, as I am not currently using a conditioner at this time)

1 – blowdryer (mine is 1800 watts, because I have patience issues when it comes to drying my thick hair)

1 – detangling wet comb (I am currently using Conair for thick and curly hair)

1 – Tourmaline ceramic flatiron

Notice, other than the optional ingredient of hair conditioner, my recipe does not call for hair moisturizers of any kind, including but not limited to hair pomades, lotion or oil sheen, and I have been a regular user of these products for decades.  That is because organic shampoos and conditioners do not contain sulfates or parabens a.k.a. detergents that strip the natural moisture from ethnic hair.

Step 1 –  Lather your hair at least twice with the organic, all natural shampoo.  If you have allowed enough of your new growth to show or enough time to lapse between hair relaxers, you will notice the natural texture of your hair probably for the first time. I learned recently I have wavy hair.

Step 2 – Follow the directions for the organic, all natural conditioner (I plan to try it soon)

Step 3 – Comb through your wet, newly discovered hair texture with your detangling comb (I would recommend Goody brand, but my thick hair has broken a couple of combs Goody labeled unbreakable) Notice how manageable your wet hair is using the right comb

Step 4 – Plug up your tourmaline ceramic flat iron. (It takes about 10 minutes to get hot depending on the brand)

Step 5 – Blow dry your hair as usual (minus the now needless products you used to use)

Step 6 – Part your hair in small sections and flat iron from root to ends. Bump your hair under if you want a curl.

Step 7 – Repeat this process at least once weekly.

Step 8 – Step out and get noticed!

Sidenote – I have not had a relaxer in over two years, so I now have virgin hair. I always wanted to go natural as I have been labeled “tender-headed.” I  got tired of the chemical burns, and not being able to scratch my hair for days prior to a relaxer for fear of being burned and afraid of it getting wet for fear of it “reverting”, but it was all nonsense. However, I didn’t think the kinky or locked look was for me. So after 2 years of experimenting with hot combs and research, I found what worked for me and hopefully it will work for you too. I knew I was doing something right when my acquaintances couldn’t believe I had no chemicals in my hair to straighten it. Free your hair from the chemicals and the nonsense associated with it and finally, truly relax.

*The shampoo I use is ethically traded.

August 22, 2011

Pondering the Illegal Immigrant Debate

Filed under: America — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 4:48 pm

I wonder if the supporters of illegal immigrant laws are complaining about illegal immigrants stealing “our” jobs when those same immigrants are bussing their tables after dining at one of their E-verified restaurants.

August 11, 2011

Can Curiosity Also Kill Diets?

Filed under: health — Tags: , , , , , , — yalandarose @ 1:46 pm

Ever thought about how much unnecessary food there is in the world? If not, start now. If the average person ate in moderation which would consist of the basic 3 meals, plus a couple of snacks in between, would there really be a need for some of the thousands of new snacks that are marketed daily?

I thought about this in the grocery store. I saw a bag of Hot Dog flavored potato chips, and I suddenly had a craving for them. I never knew this flavor existed before my last trip to the supermarket, but now I was considering it as my next chew. Never mind the fact that I don’t even like hot dogs, I just wanted to know how the chemists managed to do it this time – a meal-flavored potato wafer. Hum.  I decided against it, as I really don’t care for hot dogs. I also knew that if I brought those chips home, I would have devoured the bag simply because it was there.

But what about the other useless snacks out there.  For instance, I was perfectly fine with the original recipe of my favorite cookie, now there seems to be more variations than an ivy plant.

We have gotten so many snack varieties to choose from, that I don’t think we give in to temptation anymore, just curiosity. I realized many of the snacks I bring home are something I’ve never tried before.

Experts are suddenly interested and concerned about the obesity rates in this country. Some even advocating taking obese children from their parents, and while portion sizes are usually discussed, I have yet to see a study on needless nibbles.

Many people remark that my four-year-old is small for her age.  When she was an infant, she was always being placed in the smaller baby room because the childcare worker was afraid that she would be trampled by the bigger tots.  She’s a healthy 30 pounds now, compared to her 40 pound friends.  However, she was nursed until she was a year old (she started solids at six months).  Also, when she’s hungry, I actually feed her a full-course meal, instead of something she can eat with her fingers.  When we we’re on the go, her snacks are filled with protein to make her feel full faster.

I didn’t really think my daughter’s weight or her diet was a conversation piece until somebody passed me a 20-pound baby to hold last week that was only four months old. He started solids at birth so that he could sleep through the night.  Yeah, in some cases maybe obese children should be taken from their parents.

Article first published as Something to Chew On on Technorati.

August 2, 2011

History Influenced by the Ancient

Filed under: America — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 2:27 pm

Chances are most Americans are at least remotely familiar with the role Confederate states played in US history. However, many of those same Americans may not be aware of how large an impact an ancient Turkish confederacy played in influencing The Constitution.

The latter alliance known as the Lycian Confederacy was a form of government unique in an era of barbarians.  Unlike Greece, continuously embroiled in civil wars, the peace-loving Lycians were one of the few non-Greek nations that could not be described as barbaric.  Lycia was located in what is today Turkey, and its government remained strong despite many attempts to overthrow it by foreign countries.  The Lycian Confederacy is the earliest democracy discovered by archaeologists and has been studied throughout the centuries by ancient scholars and explorers.

Elected officials were a distinctive feature of the Lycian government. How the country’s independent city-states were represented in the larger federal government was cited throughout the Federalist Papers justifying the need for a similar type of government in its appeal for a ratification of the Constitution.  Published in 1787 and 1788, the Federalist Papers was a series of 85 essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

Hamilton detailed in his essay Federalist No. 9 how Lycia’s 23 republics were represented in the larger City Council by a number of votes based on the size of that republic. In consecutive 1-2-3 fashion, the smallest republic was represented by 1 vote, the mid-sized represented by 2, and the largest was represented by 3, with a maximum representation of 3 votes by a republic to the Council.

It may be more than a coincidence that the number of times that the Lycian Confederation was mentioned in the Federalist Papers is the same as how many times it influenced the US Constitution. The three significant impressions the Lycian Confederation had on the Constitution were: illustrating how the strength of the federal government is dependent on the proportionate size of the local governments, showing the feasibility of a representative form of popular government, and providing evidence of a nation composed of leaders running a strong federal government with authority to make laws that were enforceable to the common people.

Hamilton described this once unique form of government in his essay Federalist No.9 by quoting philosopher Montesquieu, ‘Were I to give a model of an excellent Confederate Republic, it would be that of Lycia.

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